1. SELECTED PIECES

    Pictures from an Institution
    (The New Yorker)
    A profile of Leon Botstein, the president of Bard College

    Nellie Bly’s Lessons in Writing What You Want To
    (newyorker.com)
    On stunt reporting, female moxie, and avoiding professional typecasting

    Found Money
    (Harper’s)
    Cattle, tractors, and reality TV

    Ryan McGinley: Naked and Famous
    (GQ)
    A photographer and his influence

    The Lure of Hard-to-Find Nail Polish
    (New York Times)
    On women who collect rare and discontinued lacquer

    Mavericks
    (n+1)
    Big wave surfing, NorCal slang, and near-death experiences

    A Home Furnishings Visionary Takes On High Culture
    (T)
    Restoration Hardware’s venture into contemporary art 

    Anorexia, the Impossible Subject
    (newyorker.com)
    The most boring disease

    Nicole Holofcener Nails It
    (newyorker.com)
    On what counts as contemporary realism

    Margaret Lee’s One-Woman Show
    (T)
    Smart art, fun friends, and “Cucumber Telephones” 

    Choire Sicha, the Anti-Blogger
    (newyorker.com)
    Sort of a book review? 

    The Completist
    (Slate)
    I read everything Janet Malcolm ever published 

    Interview with Renata Adler
    (The Believer)
    "I never attacked anyone weak" 

    Does Anyone Here Speak Art and Tech?
    (New York Times)
    Art and technology: a clash of cultures

    The Nonblond Leading the Blond
    (New York Times)
    A Swedish hair salon on the Upper East Side 

    On the Market
    (n+1
    My year working at Sotheby’s

    Sad as Hell
    (n+1)
    Internet anxiety as brain disease

    New Impressions
    (The Poetry Foundation)
    Raymond Roussel’s perfect brand of insanity

    Peetie the Parakeet, Art-World Darling
    (New York)
    After-hours pet care at the Whitney

    It’s a helluva town
    (Prospero)
    The discrete genre of the New York memoirs